With Hong Kong making a measured reopening to the rest of the world, and Cathay Pacific steadily rebuilding its network, many travellers are wondering which of Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounges have unlocked their doors.
After all, at its pre-pandemic peak the Oneworld member boasted six lounges at its Hong Kong hub – first class and business class sections of The Wing and The Pier plus The Deck (which replaced The Cabin) and The Bridge.
Eligible travellers could also pop into the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, giving Hong Kong perhaps the largest number of Oneworld lounges in a single terminal.
So where your lounge options when flying to or through Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific and any other Oneworld airline?
Cathay currently has only two lounges open – The Pier Business and The Wing First – with entry determined by where you’re travelling to, as the airport itself has been divided into two zones which segregate passengers flying on mainland China from other international travellers.
The Pier Business
If you’re in transit though Hong Kong – connecting from one Cathay flight to another, but not leaving the airport – your go-to is The Pier Business lounge.
That’s regardless of what frequent flyer status you hold or which premium cabin you’re in, as The Pier First Lounge remains closed.
However, if you have been in Hong Kong for less than three days, the health status of the government’s LeaveHomeSafe app will still show amber (it changes to blue around 9am of ‘Day 3’, with your date of arrival counted as Day 0) – and that will mean you can’t visit The Pier, a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific confirms.
“The airline must scan an individual's LHS for passengers departing from Hong Kong and wishing to enter a Cathay Pacific lounge,” the spokesperson tells Executive Traveller.
“If the passenger has an amber code, they will not be able to enter the lounge.”
The Wing First
If you’re “starting your journey from Hong Kong or transiting through Hong Kong from the Chinese Mainland,” Cathay says, then head for The Wing First lounge.
And yes, The Wing First’s private cabanas are back in operation – but no, there isn’t any scope for in-transit passengers to visit The Wing First before catching their onwards flight.
Both The Pier Business and The Wing First are open daily from 5.30am to the last Cathay Pacific departure.
As as October 2022 The Pier First, The Wing Business and The Deck remain closed.